Ken Feingold
2022 Cornell Biennial / Futurities, Uncertain
Celebration Weekend Sep 15–17, 2022
Cornell University Council for the Arts
Ithica / New York, USA

The Cornell University Council for the Arts (CCA) announces the fifth Cornell Biennial, featuring artworks, installations, and performances addressing the curatorial theme: “Futurities, Uncertain.” Curated by Timothy Murray, CCA Director, the 2022 Cornell Biennial stages an artistic call and response to counter singular utopic models, colonial visions, and socio-cultural sameness. Imagining how artistic futurities might generate cultural transformation in its plenitude, an array of interdisciplinary artistic projects will animate the future differently.

The Biennial features 23 invitational artists and collectives from 11 countries who join 25 Cornell and Central NY based projects to address crucial questions regarding race and social justice, global warming, artistic representation, robotics, sustainable ecology and architecture, migration, and labor. The performances and artworks will be rotated across Cornell’s campuses in Ithaca, at Cherry Arts in Ithaca, and NYC Cornell Tech from July through December.

Cornell will celebrate the Biennial with a September weekend of exciting public events. On the 15th and 16th, enjoy openings of exhibits and meeting many of the artists during guided walking tours at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Arts Quad, Sibley Hall, Human Ecology Building, and Agricultural Quad.

After dark, on the 16th and 17th, gather outside the Johnson Museum for Mendi and Keith Obadike’s evening performances of sound and light, “Difference Tones.” A full day of artist panels on the 17th will include a bioart performance, “America Project,” by Paul Vanouse.

For event schedules and to learn more about the 40 participating artists, visit cca.cornell.edu/biennial/

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    Cesura
    International

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    Tipi Photo Bookshop
    International

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    Publication
    Kehrer Verlag
    International

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